Table Top in the making

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Project by Straightbowed posted 01-10-2013 06:48 PM 2099 views 2 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

250 year old cherry making it to the real world finally

-- Stevo, work in tha city woodshop in the country

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#1 posted 01-10-2013 07:02 PM

A totally unique table top,great job.


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#2 posted 01-10-2013 07:03 PM


Very nice wood. I’m sort of concerned about there design. Seems that there’s a serious potential for problems with wood movement. I think you’re trying to deal with that by gluing the planks to a substrate, probably 3/4” plywood or MDF. Unfortunately, the thick planks WILL move, expanding and contracting and will destroy the structure over time. If you had resawn the planks into veneer, even “thick (1/16” – 1/8”)” veneer, you could have overcome this problem and had a lot “more” material to work with…

Well, good luck and Be Careful!


-- Herb, Florida - Here's why I close most messages with "Be Careful!"

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Jorge G.

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#3 posted 01-10-2013 07:09 PM

I have to agree with Herb, you probably could have gotten away with it if you had done a concentric pattern so that the planks all moved in one direction.

On the other hand, you never know. I have seen some designs that I swore would fall apart and they seem to work fine after years of use. Pray you are this lucky.

-- To surrender a dream leaves life as it is — and not as it could be.

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#4 posted 01-10-2013 07:15 PM

yep wood movement is a concern and yes I should have sawn the wood thin its my first table like this and the wood is dark so I gues I will just finish it with shellac only and hope it don’t crack if it does it’s screwed down from the back, I wonder what that is goin to be like, I honestly think I made a big mess but we will see

-- Stevo, work in tha city woodshop in the country

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#5 posted 01-11-2013 01:09 PM

Nice design! I somewhat agree with the concerns raised here on wood movement of this but trusting you used a good titebond or gorilla glue to fuse this piece together you will probably be alright. I have glued quite a few things together I would never have even attempted 10 years ago because of the improvements that have been made to the yellow glues. I see that you are intending to put shellac on it which sounds fine, however I would put a few coats of tung oil first to “condition” the wood. I use a lot of wood that has been sawn for over 100 years and have found this significantly reduces the issues with wood movement once the piece is moved to forced air-air conditioning…

Just my 2 cents…

-- "A woodworking project is either a masterpiece or a POS" Dr. Lang

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#6 posted 01-12-2013 01:08 AM

You may consider pouring a 2 part polyphenol resin mix on it. That seems to cure the woods ability to move when the company I work for manufactures tables such as this. We have tried conversion varnishes, various urethanes and when doing something like this we usually use the resin pour method. It also has it’s disadvantages though.

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#7 posted 01-12-2013 05:32 AM

I will be something special!

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#8 posted 07-16-2018 08:38 PM

Looks good to me! I have to second Michael’s post, I think an improvement in glues, plus improvements in controlling the humidity and temperature of our living spaces means a lot of people overblow the potential for wood movement. I’d definitely get several coats of an soak in type oil finish like tung oil on it let it dry really well, may take a while, then finish it. The fact that it’s nice and old wood should work in your favor when it comes to wood movement as well.

-- Ted

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